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Harper's Ferry
Jasper Courier June 5, 1861

Harper's Ferry, if it is not already evacuated, it will soon fall. The troops there are not as numerous as has been stated. There are not over 4,000 in and about the place. They are miserably equipped and nearly starved.
General McClellan, with 15,000 troops  is already on the march toward Harper's Ferry. Another force will proceed from Chambersburg under General Keim, another from the Relay House and still another from Washington, to cut off the rebels.
The total number of regiments accepted from Illinois for the war is now 18 exclusive of Heckler's German Regiment.